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Birmingham City 0-2 Yeovil Town

James Hayter
James Hayter

James Hayter scored twice in seven first-half minutes as Yeovil moved within four points of safety with a win at Birmingham.

Hayter made the most of a Hayden Mullins error to prod the Glovers ahead in the 12th minute.

The striker added a second, taking his tally to six in four matches, when he headed in Joe Ralls's cross.

Lee Novak hit the bar for the hosts and Yeovil goalkeeper Marek Stech blocked a header from Brian Howard.

The win was just Yeovil's fifth victory in 25 league matches this season.

Mullins gave them a helping hand when his failed attempt to head back to Darren Randolph allowed Hayter, 34, a simple finish.

Randloph pulled off impressive saves from Ralls and Moore but was beaten again when Hayter glanced in.

Novak's header came back off the bar as Birmingham looked for a way back before Stech's close-range save from Howard ended the home side's hopes.

Birmingham assistant manager Terry McDermott:

"To say we are disappointed is an understatement.

"We actually played quite well in the first half when we created a lot of chances.

"The second half became more difficult. When you park 10 men behind the ball it is difficult to break. We should have dealt with the two goals and we paid the penalty."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson:

Gary Johnson

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Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

"We are still battling and the boys showed a great spirit. That spirit will keep us in the hunt for a big part of the season. I was very proud of the boys' effort and performance.

"James Hayter has been a super striker for a long time.

"When he gets himself in those positions he is a very good finisher. He doesn't panic and he took his goals extremely well."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 18Hancox
  • 20Lee
  • 8Mullins
  • 4Robinson
  • 7C Burke
  • 29BrownSubstituted forElliottat 68'minutes
  • 19ZigicSubstituted forFergusonat 61'minutes
  • 10HowardSubstituted forShinnieat 79'minutes
  • 12Novak

Substitutes

  • 13Doyle
  • 14Packwood
  • 15Elliott
  • 17Reilly
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 33Gray

Yeovil

  • 1Stech
  • 2Ayling
  • 6BakayogoSubstituted forMcAllisterat 37'minutesSubstituted forLanzoniat 53'minutes
  • 31Lundstram
  • 5Webster
  • 15Duffy
  • 23Grant
  • 4Edwards
  • 13Moore
  • 9HayterSubstituted forDawsonat 78'minutes
  • 19RallsBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 3McAllister
  • 7Dawson
  • 8Upson
  • 10Foley
  • 18Lanzoni
  • 24Dunn
  • 29Morgan
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
13,605

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home24
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Yeovil Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Yeovil Town 2.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matteo Lanzoni (Yeovil Town).

Attempt missed. Mitch Hancox (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Caddis.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Matteo Lanzoni.

Offside, Yeovil Town. Kieffer Moore tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Oliver Lee (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Ferguson.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by John Lundstram.

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Wade Elliott (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham City).

John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Andrew Shinnie replaces Brian Howard.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces James Hayter.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Brian Howard (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Attempt saved. Brian Howard (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wade Elliott replaces Reece Brown.

Attempt missed. Reece Brown (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Shane Ferguson following a set piece situation.

Brian Howard (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester2618352057
2QPR2615741552
3Burnley2614931951
4Derby2614571647
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading261187941
7Brighton261097739
8Blackburn261079037
9Middlesbrough26998836
10Ipswich26998636
11Wigan251069236
12Leeds2610511035
13Huddersfield269710434
14Blackpool268810-832
15Watford257108531
16Bournemouth268711-1331
17Birmingham267811-229
18Bolton2661010-1128
19Sheff Wed255119-126
20Millwall266713-2325
21Charlton255911-924
22Doncaster266614-2124
23Yeovil255515-1720
24Barnsley254813-1920
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